Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-Being in the Public Sector
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Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-Being in the Public Sector

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Silvia Pignata

This timely Handbook addresses the concepts of stress and well-being among workers in various public sector roles and occupations across the globe. Emphasizing the importance of well-being and stress prevention initiatives in ever-changing workplace environments, this Handbook highlights successful organizational initiatives and provides insight into best practice for promoting healthy employees and workplaces. Containing contributions from leading international experts in their respective fields, the contributors hope that this multi-disciplinary Handbook will help to enhance the health and well-being of public sector employees.
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Chapter 15: Building a health and safety culture: actions, commitment, and perceptions

Sybil Geldart and Christine Alksnis

Abstract

The chapter begins with some general background on occupational health and safety research, and a description of the safety culture construct. Next, the authors examine contemporary research examining the assessment of safety culture and the value of transformational leadership skills in one large sub-area of the public sector – health care. They then explore new directions in creating a positive work environment more broadly across work settings, or what has been coined a psychologically healthy workplace by the American Psychological Association (APA). Based on initiatives from Canada and the United States, the chapter ends with a few practical suggestions and resources for employers so that they may build an effective health and safety culture.

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